Dutch Morial

Illustration by Jasper Means

In 1979, Ernest "Dutch" Morial became the first black mayor of New Orleans. He won the election with 95% of the black vote, and just 20% of the white vote. He campaigned on a platform of police reform, but it wasn’t just Dutch who wanted to re-organize the NOPD – they were organizing themselves. They wanted a union, pay increases, and better working conditions. Soon after Dutch took office, the police wasted no time. They staged their first strike, in history. Their bargaining tool? Mardi Gras.

Sticky Wicket: Louisiana Politics Versus the Press is a new mini series out of WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and WRKF Baton Rouge Public Radio that takes on four historic clashes between Louisiana politicians and the media, one at a time. These relationships have always been love/hate in the Pelican state.

Click on the player above to hear the trailer, and tune in Tuesday, November 13th at 630 p.m. to hear the first episode live on WWNO. 

Dutch Morial Set For Reburial

Dec 29, 2014

New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, is being reburied 25 years after his death.

The Morials have bought a new family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery Number 3.

It's about 2 miles from St. Louis Cemetery Number 1, where Morial was buried in 1989. That tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."

This morning’s ceremony will be ecumenical. A news release says it will include a blessing from Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond and prayers from a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Baptist church's bishop emeritus.

Let’s Roll for “Dutch” Morial

Feb 8, 2013

Did you remember we’re in Black History Month? Whether you’re hobnobbing at a ball, chaired along a parade route, or drinking it up in the Quarter, raise at least one glass to New Orleans history makers. The onslaught of beads, high heal shoes and pink wigs can easily have you forget about Black History Month, but Carnival should always remind us of the tremendous contributions of Ernest “Dutch” Morial.